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Linda Fisher (CA '98)


At the time of the Award, Linda Fisher was:

Naranca Elementary School
El Cajon, CA

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Biographical Information

Linda Fisher is president of Learning Headquarters in San Diego, a company dedicated to supporting implementation of standards-based systems in schools, districts, and counties across the nation. She consults with principals and leadership teams, guiding them through the process, strategies, and research-based tools that have proven successful in transforming education.

While serving as principal at Naranca Elementary School, Fisher's research-supported efforts resulted in turning around the lowest-achieving school in the Cajon Valley Union School District. Naranca Elementary became recognized as a National Title I Distinguished School, California Title I High Achieving School, California Distinguished School, and a recipient of the California Golden Bell Award. Under her leadership, the school became a nationally recognized visitation site for those endeavoring to transform their literacy programs and support special education students.

 As principal-in-residence at the San Diego County Office of Education, Linda teamed with key state leaders to create statewide principal training. Additionally, she developed, implemented and led a principal coaching cadre designed to enhance instructional leadership skills. The success of the model has led to its replication in districts and counties across the state.

Linda has collaborated with the University of San Diego to provide systematic schoolwide change for multiple schools across districts.  She led and trained a cadre of superintendent and principal coaches to work with schools to establish, through a Professional Learning Communities, systems to systematically increase student achievement.

In May, 2018, Linda received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Literacy Association and Greater San Diego Reading Association for exemplary service in the promotion of the literacy.

Additional Information


1985 San Diego State University - Masters in Special Education

1972 State University of New York - Buffalo, B.A.

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